James Ramsay (governor)

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Sir James Maxwell Ramsay
Queen Street Mall opening by Governor Sir James Ramsay (8076109757).jpg
Queen Street Mall opening by Governor Sir James Ramsay, 1982
20th Governor of Queensland
In office
22 April 1977 – 21 July 1985
Preceded by Sir Colin Hannah
Succeeded by Sir Walter Campbell
Personal details
Born 27 August 1916
Hobart, Tasmania
Died 1 May 1986(1986-05-01) (aged 69)
Broadbeach, Queensland
Military service
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1930–1972
Rank Commodore
Commands HMAS Warramunga
Battles/wars Second World War
Korean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross
Knight of the Order of St John
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Commodore Sir James Maxwell Ramsay KCMG, KCVO, CBE, DSC (27 August 1916 – 1 May 1986) served as Governor of Queensland, Australia from 22 April 1977 until 21 July 1985.[1]

Ramsay was one of six surviving children. He attended the Macquarie Street State School and The Hutchins School in Hobart. He proved himself to be quite adept at what he attempted in these schools; he was successful in becoming a cadet captain, excelled in Rugby, and was a high achiever in academic and professional subjects.[2] He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay in 1933 and had a distinguished naval career. In 1945 Ramsay attended Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, England, and in the same year married Janet Grace Burley. During World War II he served on British and Australian ships in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, and 1972 he retired from the Navy.[3] He served as Lieutenant-Governor of Western Australia from 1974 until 1977. [4]

Ramsay married Janet Burley, a Red Cross welfare officer, on 24 November 1945 at the parish church, Denham, Buckinghamshire.[2]


  1. ^ "Queensland Governors". Queensland Government. 5 August 2003. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b White, M.W. D. "Ramsay, Sir James Maxwell (1916–1986)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ James, Ramsay. "Commodore Sir James Maxwell Ramsay KCMG KCVO CBE DSC". 
  4. ^ "Former governor dies". The Australian. 2 May 1986. p. 12. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Colin Hannah
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Campbell